Robin Benkert Rockin' Robin
Dr. Martin Watt
Born January 27, 1970


Dr. Martin Watt is another brilliant composer hailing from South Africa. He has created over thirty amazing compositions, many of them commissioned by performers and prominent organizations. Martin Watt's music has been performed and broadcast all over in South Africa, Europe, Scandinavia, China and the United States.

Martin Watt had graduated from the University of Potchefstroom with a Bachelor Degree in Music and a obtained a Bachelor Degree of Music Honours the following year (1992).

Martin continued his studies in composition under Peter Klatzow (an internationally acclaimed professor) at the University of Cape Town. It was at this University that Martin Watt secured his Masters Degree in Music.

Martin Watt furthered his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London (from 1994 to 1995) under the guidance of British composer professor Paul Patterson. It was at this University that he won the prestigious Charles Lucas prize and received the Diploma of Advanced Studies in Composition.

After his musical adventures in London, Martin Watt returned home to South Africa and took up a part time position at the University of Pretoria where he gave lectures in music theory. It was at this University that Martin Watt received his Doctorate in Music (in 1996).

During the time frame of 1998-2000, Martin Watt (now a post doctoral research fellow) was intrigued in researching historical musicology at the University of Pretoria. Martin Watt also co-editing a proposed Anthology of South African Art Music during this time at Pretoria.

At the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, Martin Watt was a lecturer in the Music Division from 2000-2003. It was at this University that Martin Watt taught music theory and analysis, along with the history of music and general music knowledge. The School of Music at the North-West University in Potchefstroom offered Martin Watt a senior lectureship in 2004. He taught music theory, composition and music technology at this University.

Martin Watt was the only South African member of a pan-African panel of experts who selected a new anthem for the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2004.

In May 2007 Martin Watt was a guest lecturer at the Utrecht Conservatoire in the Netherlands, and in 2008 he was a senior lecturer in music theory at the South African College of Music of the University of Cape Town.

Stay blessed,
Robin 🌹🎼🎶
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